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NL All-Star update: CarGo, Bryce Harper, Upton battling for spot

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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We recently checked in on the AL All-Star balloting, and now, for one final time before the rosters are largely finalized, let's see how the NL voting is going (results as of Tuesday, courtesy of MLB.com).

CATCHER
Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 5,093,645
Buster Posey, Giants: 4,674,847
John Buck, Mets: 1,446,565
Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks: 997,791
Brian McCann, Braves: 997,322

FIRST BASE
Joey Votto, Reds: 3,622,608
Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks: 3,035,114
Allen Craig, Cardinals: 2,525,399
Brandon Belt, Giants: 1,804,152
Freddie Freeman, Braves: 1,494,604

SECOND BASE
Brandon Phillips, Reds: 3,411,839
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals: 3,186,423
Marco Scutaro, Giants: 3,142,783
Daniel Murphy, Mets: 1,598,297
Chase Utley, Phillies: 1,355,750

THIRD BASE
David Wright, Mets: 4,452,282
Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 3,610,096
David Freese, Cardinals: 2,376,121
Chris Johnson, Braves: 1,234,095
Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals: 1,072,563

SHORTSTOP
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 4,072,834
Brandon Crawford, Giants: 2,383,248
Jean Segura, Brewers: 2,072,083
Pete Kozma, Cardinals: 1,867,781
Andrelton Simmons, Braves: 1,192,066

OUTFIELD
Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: 5,013,806
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 2,928,606
Justin Upton, Braves: 2,917,659
Bryce Harper, Nationals: 2,902,393
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 2,697,608
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 2,510,614
Hunter Pence, Giants: 2,379,606
Ryan Braun, Brewers: 2,331,774
Angel Pagan, Giants: 2,016,370
Shin-Soo Choo, Reds: 1,960,385
Jon Jay, Cardinals: 1,825,513
Carlos Gomez, Brewers: 1,746,318
Gregor Blanco, Giants: 1,717,194
Jay Bruce, Reds: 1,454,721
Domonic Brown, Phillies: 1,427,696

Regarding that fairly tight outfield race, Carlos Gonzalez clearly deserves a starting spot, but will the third spot go to Justin Upton, who hasn't hit since April, or Bryce Harper, who has played in only 45 games? Or will those two crowd out Gonzalez? Given the realistic options, I'd easily go with Harper over Upton, who, as noted, hasn't played like an All-Star in many weeks. Down-ballot, Carlos Gomez of the Brewers certainly merits more support.

Elsewhere, it's good to see David Wright, who plainly deserves the starting honor, getting some separation at third base, and Yadier Molina is also padding his lead over Buster Posey just a bit. Given the way that Chase Utley has hit when healthy this year, I'd probably give him the nod over Phillips, although Phillips is always a reasonable choice. Otherwise, no serious complaints.

By way of reminder, full All-Star rosters will be announced Saturday evening, and we'll be here to break it all down for you. The game itself goes down on July 16 at Citi Field.

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